Today I love Victoria and my opportunity to adventure in one more Canadian city of historic significance. I love wandering around beautiful old cities and trying to absorb some of the cultural flavor of them through observation. I love that I cannot walk around places like this without taking out my phone or my camera and photographing things I think will make wonderful images. I love that I don’t much care if I look like a tourist. I love that I feel like I’m always on assignment, that I’ve got a job to do and that even though I haven’t been given the details yet I will know the story when I see it.I love that I am in a hotel room in a hotel that is just a few steps from one of the places I had visited the last time I was here. I love that although that place has changed its purpose, it still exists and brings back memories. I love that last night we walked along the waterfront even though we had spent the day wandering miles in the car and on foot already.I love that we find joy and happiness in all the little things we do and see, that adventure has become a family policy, that we have changed our way of thinking about life to a program of accepting every new opportunity as having the potential to make life better, even if it came at an unreasonable cost, because that cost was likely not negotiable and so the best we can do is realize all the benefits we can in the aftermath.
Today I love that this old computer of mine that I had refurbished is a rocket and is also very light and I’m quite happy I went through with that project. I love that it boots almost as quickly as my home computer. I love that the bigger newer one that I have traveled with before in Spain and Montreal and Quebec and Toronto and Niagara Falls and who knows where all else is now being called the “home computer” without me consciously changing its name to that, the verdict is clearly in. I love that this old new travel computer was the one that saved my bacon when I needed to record a radio show and my new one had gone a little haywire and wouldn’t boot up properly, and that was before the updated drive and increased memory so I’m even more confident in its abilities now.
Today I love conference breakfasts. I love finding the free coffee. I love that I have only a few things to do and then I’ll be heading out to wander a little bit. I love that there is a very old feel to this city I am currently visiting. I love that whenever I travel I quickly remember that I hate changing beds and not sleeping well, but since there is no way of visiting distant places without sleeping in unusual beds I’m okay with doing just that in exchange for the adventure, I love that I am aware that it is part of the deal, part of the bargain I struck, I get to experience things in exchange for the little discomforts of the life of a traveler.
Today I love drinking coffee in my hotel room while I contemplate sights I have seen.